On this day: July 4

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:29:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

The United States declares its independence, an "Iron Horse" retires, the Beach Boys hit No. 1 for the first time, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.

July 4 OTD - Elton John and Kiki Dee
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1976: Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is released. The song would become John's sixth No. 1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, a position it held for four weeks.

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